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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Margaret Fent Bodman

Title: Senior Resource Attorney
Adjunct Faculty
Department: Children's Law Center
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-576-7236

1600 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29208


Margaret Fent Bodman, JD, currently serves as the Prosecution and Law Enforcement Senior Resource Attorney for the Children’s Law Center, University of South Carolina School of Law.  After obtaining her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1991, she began her career in prosecution with the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office in San Antonio, Texas.  During her eight years in that office, she prosecuted a wide variety of offenses ranging from DUI cases to murder.  She also had the opportunity to handle cases at the appellate level and served for several years in the juvenile division of the office.  In 1999, Ms. Bodman came to South Carolina and joined the National College of District Attorneys at the National Advocacy Center.  In her capacity as an Assistant Director of Programs, she developed and implemented trial advocacy programs and other continuing legal education classes for state and local prosecutors who were working in offices around the United States.  In 2005, she rejoined the ranks of frontline prosecutors in Richland County, South Carolina.  There she prosecuted hundreds of violent crime cases, specializing in the prosecution of sexual assaults involving both child and adult victims.  In 2013, Ms. Bodman received the Criminal Justice Award from the South Carolina Victim’s Assistance Network recognizing her advocacy on behalf of victims.


  • J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • B.S., Psychology, Fordham University

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